Kate McPhail


Kate McPhail was born in Oregon and grew up in Washington. She returned to Oregon in 1972. After obtaining a BS degree in Elementary Education, she taught in several Oregon private schools. She is also certified Master Level English and Writing tutor, has a MA in Professional Writing, and is certified as an educational Trainer through The Oregon Registry.
While raising her four children, caring for 57 foster children, and hosting six foreign students, Kate participated in many children's organizations and was a member of the Post 18 chapter of Marion County Search and Rescue. She also held some professional titles: Childcare Center Director, Education and Environments Manager and Team Resource Supervisor (Site Director) at Head Start, and Family Advocate at a Woman's Prison.
After working with children and families for over thirty years, Kate retired to become a full time author and entrepreneur.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote stories for my children when they were learning to read. My first stories were mostly about things we did as a family. Later, I began writing stories about my childhood and a career was born.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to "see" the story setting and find or design my covers with a picture which best depicts the setting or theme of each book.
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Missing Person ~ 911!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,100. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Equipment & Supplies
The early morning call tells me there is a 12 year old boy lost in the woods! As I jump out of bed, I think of the time when I received a similar message about my own son. Will I be able to help some frantic parents with their fear and pain? Will our well-trained search and rescue teams be able to find this inexperienced child before it is too late?
Short Shorts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: American English. Published: February 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Educational
Many of these stories were responses to online word prompts or contests. While putting these stories together, I learned many things: a picture can generate a tale with a twist; a setting or mood can generate a sci-fi fantasy; a list of random words can generate random adventures; and childhood memories can turn into fun stories.

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